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Michelle Wolf Sets HBO Comedy Special
At a time when most comedians are turning to Netflix to air their stand-up specials, Michelle Wolf is looking to HBO.
The Daily Show contributor has set her comedy special debut with the premium cable channel, with plans to tape it this summer.
“Michelle is one of the most inspired comics working today. She is smart, sharp and fiercely funny,” said Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president of HBO programming. “We couldn’t be more excited to present her first stand-up special to our audience.”
Adds Wolf, “What can I say, it’s HBO, it’s a dream. I’m mostly just trying not to get hit by a bus before I tape.”
Wolf is currently an on-air contributor and writer for The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, and was previously a writing supervisor and performer for Late Night With Seth Meyers. She's also made appearances on Horace and Pete and @midnight, and wrote for the 2016 Oscars ceremony, hosted by Chris Rock.
The special is a blow to Wolf's present home Comedy Central, which has struggled to keep hold of its talent after identifying them and helping grow their career (see: Amy Schumer, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key).
The stand-up special — which will be written by Wolf and directed by Neal Brennan (Chappelle’s Show) — will be executive produced for HBO by Wolf, John Irwin, Daniel Bodansky and James Dixon.
Wolf is repped by UTA.